About Robert Knorpp

Robert Knorpp

Robert Knorpp is host of The BeanCast Marketing Podcast at thebeancast.com and is President of The Cool Beans Group, a marketing strategy consultancy based in New York City. He likes laughing even more than breathing. You can follow the madness on Twitter at twitter.com/BobKnorpp.


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Destination Accelerators Looks At Travel Marketing

October 2, 2012 by  

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Andrea Smith from Mashable

A new conference series began last week to focus on helping travel marketers get the most from their efforts. Destination Accelerator, the brainchild of marketers David Friedman, Ethan Gelber and Roni Weiss, kicked off it’s first event on Monday, September 24 for a group of travel marketing executives from around the world.

While the conference focused on the broader marketing story, with expert presentations on a variety of subjects and channels, I specifically had the privilege to sit on the social media panel with Liz Borod Wright, publisher of Travelogged.com and Mashable Lifestyle Channel Editor, Andrea Smith.

As for me, beside being a deliciously witty and somewhat irreverent travel writer for this blog, I am a marketing consultant by trade and host of the BeanCast podcast. The panel was led by the founder of RW Social, conference-lead Ronni Weiss, and discussed many of the key aspect of how to build a successful social media program.

For an hour and thirty minutes we debated some of the many sacred cows of social marketing for travel. Travel marketing is often more relational than other types of marketing, simply because so much of a person’s emotions are invested in the act of destination travel.

Yet often marketers in the space try to use social media as either a push-marketing channel or a reactive damage control mechanism. The marketers on this panel painted a much different picture.

“I love when conversations happen in the comment threads of our stories,” Andrea Smith said. To which I quickly added, “This is where the real magic of social media happens — when your customers are no longer having a discussion with you, but rather having a discussion with each other. That’s a true social media win.”

Liz Wright added, “You need to pay attention to the conversations. They’ll help guide every response.”

This focus on listening and inspiring conversation rather than directly generating it ourselves, is an important distinction.

Social marketing is at its best when customers recommend us to their friends. While this is a high bar for many product marketers, it is a natural part of the travel experience. People talk about destinations in a much different way than they do about products.

They feel ownership in the place, having explored it, so a obvious extension of marketing a destination is to encourage these natural inclinations.

Other sessions included discussions about segmenting and analysis, advertising, promotions and much more.

While there are lots of marketing conferences to choose from, I highly recommend you consider this new conference track if you are in the travel and destination space.

It surfaced many great ideas worth considering, and judging from the first one, it’s bound to continue it’s great content curriculum.

 

Bob Knorpp and Liz Borod Wright

 

Ronni Weiss (r) leads the social panel.

 

Oryx Rotana Offers Business-Class Elegance

September 29, 2012 by  

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The sweeping, multi-tiered lobby. (Image: R. Knorpp)

Hotels for business travelers are a dime a dozen. They are usually well appointed and typically comfortable, but ultimately they are boxes with a buffet and an ugly view of the airport.

The Oryx Rotana in Doha definitely fits this mold. It’s a rectangular building set off from the Doha International Airport by about 200 yards. It’s designed to be functional and located for convenience. And yet, I must admit that it’s one of the few hotels in this category that actually does the concept well.

For me, the difference was in the electronics. The entire room was wired for ease of functionality and built with the business traveler in mind. Instead of card readers, the room keycards had embedded NFC chips so a simple tap unlocked the door. Business travelers are always juggling things at the door to their room, so this little convenience makes a big difference.

The buffet was typical. (Image: R. Knorpp)

Then the key itself turned on the room. You placed the key in a slot by the door and this turned on the power for everything from the lights to the wall sockets. It also made it easy to turn off everything when you left, as well as providing you with an easily remembered place to leave your room key.

And every light, the room temperature and other functions could be controlled by a panel next to the bed. So that moment when you turn out the bed lamp only to realize the bathroom light is still on is completely erased. I know, it’s a first-world problem, but it still bugs the hell out of me. Kudos to them for caring.

As for the buffet? It’s a buffet. I will say that given it being located in the middle east there was outstanding hummus, but overall it was a typical upscale buffet spread. And the restaurants and bars were passable, but nothing to write home about. But still, you can’t expect full luxury in this category and price-point. So I rank the property highly in both areas.

I give the Oryx Rotana a “Stay” rating with the caveat that it’s perfect for business travel, but lacking for leisure accommodations. If your goal is convenience and functionality, this is an outstanding property that does everything right.

 

We Blog The World featured writer, Bob Knorpp, traveled to Doha, Qatar on behalf of the site. These are his dispatches from the tour and dining event sponsored by Qatar Airways. The Oryx Rotana is part of Oryx Holdings, the company that owns Qatar Airways.

The pool was beautiful. (Image: R. Knorpp)

 

The elevators were state-of-the-art as well. (Image: R. Knorpp)

 

The hotel used courtyards instead of views. (Image: R. Knorpp)

 

The lobby was warm and welcoming at night. (Image: R. Knorpp)

Exploring Doha’s Central Fish Market

September 27, 2012 by  

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Hawking prawns. (Image: R. Knorpp)

Why would any tourist ever visit a fish warehouse?

It’s a reasonable question to ask. Frankly, I don’t have much of an answer in a broad sense. But specifically for me, I was craving something real.

Qatar has a definite plan for growth. But the plan they are pursuing is about the realization of a fantasy world in which they can live and play. And after a day of “fantasy” tours, I wanted to see more of how the city truly worked.

At the invitation of Rebecca Jelfo, our Qatar Airways contact, I joined Marco Larsen (owner of Public PR who works with QA) and David Ressel (writing for The Daily Meal Blog) for an unusual tour of the Central Fish Market of Doha.

I could wax poetic about the many sights and sounds that came from seeing the non-native workers selling their fish, fruits and vegetables to Qatari business owners. But once more I’ll rely on my pictures to shape your vision of this place filled with so much human spirit.

 

We Blog The World featured writer, Bob Knorpp, traveled to Doha, Qatar on behalf of the site. These are his dispatches from the tour and dining event sponsored by Qatar Airways.

 

That’s a big fish. (Image: R. Knorpp)

 

Lobsters (Image: R. Knorpp)

 

Love these blues. (Image: R. Knorpp)

 

Yummy squid. (Image: R. Knorpp)

 

David Ressel does a stand-up. (Image: R. Knorpp)

 

Considering the fruit choices. (Image: R. Knorpp)

 

Rebecca Jelfo and Marco Larsen. (Image: R. Knorpp)

 

Workers hamming it up for the camera. (Image: R. Knorpp)

 

Taking a break. (Image: R. Knorpp)

 

Fresh fruit. (Image: R. Knorpp)

 

A find at the market. (Image: R. Knorpp)

 

Brilliant colors abound. (Image: R. Knorpp)

 

A towel to block the sun. (Image: R. Knorpp)

 

A photograph of the happiest guy in the market. (Image: R. Knorpp)

 

Hoping he’s making gingerbread. (Image: R. Knorpp)

 

Love this shot. (Image: R. Knorpp)

Qatar Airways Redefines “Airplane Food”

September 24, 2012 by  

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The Chefs with CEO Al-Baker. (Image: R. Knorpp)

I don’t care how good your airline is and how luxurious the amenities; airplane meals are typically terrible.

What surprised me, though, was that our host, Qatar Airways, blatantly admitted this fact. Not only that, they put their CEO, Akbar Al Baker, on stage to pretty much tell us that they knew they could do better. So we bloggers and journalists were gathered from the ends of the earth to be introduced to the team of celebrity chefs that had been selected to revolutionize in-flight dining.

The Al Gasser Resort ballroom in Doha, Qatar, was decked out in grand corporate spectacle. A 360 degree screen spanned the room, illuminated by a bank of projectors that hung from the center of the space. Giant booms with cameras televised the entire event on larger side screens. And news media from BBC to Al Jazeera were there to film and cover the event.

Why all the hoopla over airplane food? The reasons became obvious as the chefs were introduced one by one: Tom Aikens, Vineet Bhatia, Ramzi Chouieri, and Nobu Matsuhisa.

The stage setting. (Image: R. Knorpp)

These are not just any names in the food industry. Chefs Aikens and Bhatia are world-renowned for their London restaurants, Chef Nobu is the founder of the amazing Nobu restaurants and Chef Ramzi is known around the world for his cooking shows and books. This was a stellar lineup.

As they took the stage, the press peppered them with questions. Of particular interest to me were the questions about “why” they had been drawn to the challenge.

“The average chef makes over a 100 moves on a single dish,” Aikens said at one point. “Our challenge was to get it down to three.”

Tackling the problem from this perspective, the chefs had to not just re-examine meal preparation techniques, but also what menu selections would work best. They also had to look at how to maximize freshness of the meal while balancing the ability of a cabin crew to make the final preparations.

With questions finally done, next came cooking demonstrations. Each of the chefs took to a station and assembled the portion of the meal they had chosen to create for the event. When asked about which was their favorite dish created for the overall menu, Chef Nobu answered, “The Black Cod that I am preparing for you today is among my favorites.”

The press was then given a sit-down luncheon to feast on a sample meal, served on Qatar Airways china and set with their signature silverware.

Tom Aikens answers questions. (Image: R. Knorpp)

The meal was simple, as you would expect from an airline meal. But the taste was anything but. Using the same techniques as would be applied on a real airliner, the food was prepared and then finished by the crews back stage. Yet the simple meal of palate pleaser, soup, main course and desert was phenomenal.

Chef Nobu had not exaggerated. His palate pleaser of black cod covered in a sweet and syrupy sauce was simply one of the best pieces of fish I had even eaten. Chef Aikens’ peas and mint soup was completely delightful. And Chef Bhatia’s main course of herb-crusted lamb chops with roasted tomato sauce, wild mushrooms and morels khichdi was spicy and delicious. Then the meal finished with Chef Ramzi’s traditional desert called Mhallabiya which many proclaimed to be some of the best they had tasted.

Obviously Qatar Airways is a luxury airline that caters to sophisticated tastes, but this effort to revolutionize their menu and in-flight food preparation techniques goes above and beyond what other carriers are doing. Because even if you do put a chef on board a flight, it doesn’t solve the basic problem of how to serve delicious meals when you can’t actually cook things on a plane. QA has truly examined the problem well and the results are outstanding.

 

We Blog The World featured writer, Bob Knorpp, traveled to Doha, Qatar on behalf of the site. These are his dispatches from the tour and dining event sponsored by Qatar Airways.

 

The meal presentation. (Image: R. Knorpp)

 

CEO Al-Baker answers questions. (Image: R. Knorpp)

 

Chef Bhatia (Image: R. Knorpp)

 

Chef Ramzi (Image: R. Knorpp)

 

Chef Nobu (Image: R. Knorpp)

 

Chef Aikens (Image: R. Knorpp)

 

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Examining The Art Of Islam In Doha

September 22, 2012 by  

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Museum Entrance (Image: R. Knorpp)

Museums are just not my thing.

I love art. I love learning about histories and cultures. But the sterile environments and quiet halls of museums generally create a big yawn from me. Maybe I’ll see that one piece of artwork that makes it all worthwhile, but typically I never wake up and say, “Hey, let’s go to a museum today.”

So given this perspective, understand that I had low expectations for our tour of the Museum of Islamic Art in Doha. Therefore, you can also understand my shock that I actually enjoyed myself immensely.

Now as far as collections go, this is a fairly thin one. Islamic artwork as a whole is not exactly a burgeoning field, so while there were some really amazing pieces, most of the museum contained Korans, Koran pages and really big Koran pages. This is not to mock the importance of displaying so many wonderful, ancient artifacts of the Islamic faith, but it does get a bit repetitive.

The building itself, however, is another story.

A lot has been made of I.M. Pei’s ziggurat style design of the building. But what is less know is that the interior galleries were designed by French architect Jean-Michel Willmotte and that together the exterior form and interior design of the building combine in a beautiful combination of symbolism.

The central space. (Image: R. Knorpp)

For one thing, the building is formed to remind visitors of the wash basins where the faithful wash their hands before entering the mosque to pray. The building is also positioned to reflect that recurring theme of Qatari culture: Look to the future, but never forget the past. In that respect, the flow of the building — like the waters its symbolic design would contain — moves toward sweeping views of Doha’s skyline, then naturally leads toward a patio that allows you to see the old city, representing the past.

Our tour guide, Salma, lit up as she described all of this, which only served to impress upon me how powerful this design is and what an important place it is for preserving Islamic history. For me, this enthusiasm, coupled with the stunning space itself, was enough to make this one of the highlights of the trip.

 

We Blog The World featured writer, Bob Knorpp, is traveling in Doha, Qatar on behalf of the site this week. These are his dispatches from the tour and dining event sponsored by Qatar Airways.

 

The front steps feature a cascading waterfall. (Image: R. Knorpp)

 

The stairs to the second level are stunning. (Image: R. Knorpp)

 

Our tour guide, Salma. (Image: R. Knorpp)

 

View of the new city from the side patio. (Image: R. Knorpp)

 

The galleries designed by Jean-Michel Wilmotte. (Image: R. Knorpp)

 

One of the many Korans on display. (Image: R. Knorpp)

 

Page from the largest Koran every made. (Image: R. Knorpp)

 

A view of the central dome from the second floor. (Image: R. Knorpp)

 

The kings of Persia. (Image: R. Knorpp)

 

A full suit of Persian armor. (Image: R. Knorpp)

 

The views are stunning from the space. (Image: R. Knorpp)

Jumping the Dunes in Qatar

September 21, 2012 by  

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Racing into the sunset. (Image: R. Knorpp)

When the people at Qatar Airways first told me that they would be taking us on a desert safari, I pictured hay-ride-style slow-moving trucks that would drive leisurely into the desert for photo opportunities. “That sounds nice,” I thought. Then I promptly dismissed it from my thoughts. I had more exciting things on my mind.

Then the warnings began.

“Just a caution, to everyone,” Rebecca Jelfo, our main QA contact, said. “You probably don’t want to eat anything before this thing. And if you’re scared of heights or have back problems, you may not want to do this either. In fact, I recommend that you don’t.”

I began to get concerned.

I started to wonder what I had gotten myself into, and for a brief moment I even considered pulling out. I mean, I grew up on roller coasters and loved thrills, but I’m kind of a risk-adverse person when it comes to rolling vehicles and the very real chance of death. But then I steeled myself and realized I would regret it for the rest of my days if I passed this up.

Picture taking is a must. (Image: R. Knorpp)

So now that my brush with death is complete, allow me to put in perspective what exactly a “desert safari” means in Qatar:

Qatari men, dressed in traditional dishdasha, drive air-conditioned, luxury four-wheel drive vehicles at 100KPH along the very edge of shifting sand ridges that plunge thousands of feet down, then slide their vehicles down the hill sideways only to race straight back up the hill, barely missing each other.

Like I was warned, this is not for the faint of heart. But it certainly was one of the most exhilarating experiences of my life. There are few words to describe it further, so I’ll just allow my photographs to do the talking.

 

We Blog The World featured writer, Bob Knorpp, is traveling in Doha, Qatar on behalf of the site this week. These are his dispatches from the tour and dining event sponsored by Qatar Airways.

Image: R. Knorpp

 

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Picture taking is a must. (Image: R. Knorpp)

 

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Marco Larsen from Public NYC (Image: R. Knorpp)

 

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Ross Atkinson from Business Traveler (Image: R. Knorpp)

 

Shannon Lane from Traveling Mamas. (Image: R. Knorpp)

 

Michaela Guzy from Oh The People You’ll Meet. (Image: R. Knorpp)

 

My driver was the Samer Alqadry, second from the right. (Image: R. Knorpp)

 

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The author with too many cameras. (Image: R. Knorpp)

 

Smiles In Doha’s Souk Waqif

September 20, 2012 by  

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Alley of the Souk Waqif (Image: R. Knorpp)

As with all things Doha, even the old is new. The traditional market, Souk Waqif (“Souk” means “market” or “marketplace” in Arabic), has been completely restored and improved to theme-park perfection. It maintains its stuccoed walls and exposed wood, but it is sanitized enough to remind me of the way a Southern California restaurant might try to emulate old Mexico with fiberglass adobe exteriors. In other words, it was old, but it still felt brand-spanking new.

And yet, of the experiences I had in Doha, nothing moved me as deeply as my exploration through this meandering warren of buyers and sellers.

Yes, I finally managed to get away from the tour group. And shed of the mass of foreign humanity that had been surrounding me, I entered the market as a quiet giant, respectfully and slowly soaking up the culture around me, entirely determined to get lost in the labyrinth of twisting passageways.

Despite the attempts to modernize the souk, with some stalls adding glass fronts and air conditioning, there was no erasing a cultural approach to commerce that was thousands of years old. The smell of perfumes. The squawk of birds. The calls of sellers standing outside their stalls, holding up wares as I passed. Fresh paint and new flagstones couldn’t erase what the souk was really all about.

“You like this,” sellers would say with complete confidence. Or, “Come see.”

One particularly ardent seller, with a smile as bright as the sun, tried an even deeper psychological approach, winning me into his stall with a string of welcoming phrases. “Hello, hello! Welcome! You are my brother. You come. You come in and be comfortable. We are one, you and I. Come! Come in, my brother.”

Passageways connect the shopping areas. (Image: R. Knorpp)

The souk is literally a maze. I have a finely tuned sense of direction, so I always knew which direction to walk to reach a general area. But I nonetheless found it impossible to retrace my steps exactly if I wanted to return to an area of interest. I just had to keep moving forward. Which is in itself an object lesson of the souk and possibly a lesson about the culture that created it. Life itself is a maze of choices and opportunities. The souk possibly reminds us to choose wisely — to buy or not buy along the path — because each opportunity holds its rewards and penalties. You never know what’s around the next corner, or whether an opportunity passed by will ever come again.

Another lesson of the souk is that opportunity is what you make of it. Western culture, has truly lost the art of deal making. Bargaining has become a specialized profession that only executives play at when doing deals worth millions. Even the car-buying process is little more than trying your best not to get ripped off, rather than getting any real deal on the price.

In the souk, however, the art of bargaining belongs to every man and every woman. Each opportunity is a game of chess between buyer and seller. Sometimes you win and sometimes you lose. I did a little of both that night. But I always have loved the thrill of an item purchased after a negotiation. Because now that item is no longer just a thing — it is a story. Commerce is so much sweeter when it is wrapped in a fine story of a good deal.

The thing that surprised me most about the Souk Waqif, though, wasn’t the modernization or the cultural richness. What captured my heart were the people who walked the twisting paths.

Crowds throng a larger thoroughfare. (Image: R. Knorpp)

Until I broke away from the larger group, the faces of the people around me had been stoic and possibly a bit distrustful. I know that look well. I live in New York and frankly no one can scowl down a group of tourists quite like a New Yorker. But on my own, my smiles were met with equally bright smiles in return. My laughs were met with equally rich laughter. And my hand was taken willingly in friendship.

Let’s just be honest here: Americans have a deep distrust of Islamic culture. Some of it is founded. After all, as I walked the souk that night, Islamic groups were protesting and attacking U.S. embassies around the Middle East. Yet, much of our distrust comes from a deeper prejudice toward religious values that seem antithetical to our way of life. It’s a wall of judgmental racism that blinds us to the warmth of a people that value friendship as an unmatched treasure, and family as a sacred bond.

Stepping out from behind that wall, however, I found such joy in this community. People would stop me and ask where I was from. Many assumed I was European, I suppose because they had their own assumptions that an American would never be this friendly to a muslim. They would talk to me or share their thoughts on life or the market. Then they would drift away along their own journey through the souk.

Amplified mosque tower. (Image: R. Knorpp)

At one point, I found myself along a quiet, near deserted passageway, and as I walked along it the evening prayer began. It is an interesting evolution of Islam, this affixing of loudspeakers around the tops of mosque towers. At one time a man would stand at the top of the tower to call the faithful to prayer with song. But now as prayer time approaches, the city is awash with the call and it stopped me dead in my tracks.

I stood there in the darkness, soaking in the sounds of the lilting chant, feeling goosebumps race along my arms. The sound invoked both my prejudices and my wonder at the same time. I felt fear of what I didn’t know and desire to know more. It was a strange sensation. But it was exactly at that moment that a man approached me.

“Would you like to know Islam?” His expression was serious, but inviting as he proffered a book toward me.

In any other circumstance I might have politely declined. But instead I accepted the book with a nod. He then asked, “German or English?”

Brahim Dahine, QA Staff Photographer (Image: R. Knorpp)

“English,” I replied, noticing he meant he had his books in several languages. To which he nodded and moved on.

Now don’t get me wrong. I did not convert that night, nor do I intend to. But maybe for the first time I was no longer offering feel-good, politically-correct, American-style lip-service to the idea of being tolerant of this faith that was so alien to me. As the prayer continued I let it wash over me, and I felt such amazing peace with myself and the world. This was Islam.

From that moment on the souk really opened to me. I laughed more richly as I listened to the stories from sellers. I sat with men drinking chakra chai, laughing and debating the merits of tea. The last vestiges of my uncertainty were washed away.

You can’t really know a place until you live there. That night I lived Doha. Now I can call Qatar one of my many homes.

 

We Blog The World featured writer, Bob Knorpp, is traveling in Doha, Qatar on behalf of the site this week. These are his dispatches from the tour and dining event sponsored by Qatar Airways.

Passageways connect the shopping areas. (Image: R. Knorpp)

 

Alley of the Souk Waqif (Image: R. Knorpp)

 

Crowds throng a larger thoroughfare. (Image: R. Knorpp)

 

Brahim Dahine, QA Staff Photographer (Image: R. Knorpp)

 

Shop in the souk. (Image: R. Knorpp)

 

Wide avenue of the souk. (Image: R. Knorpp)

 

A PETA nightmare…dyed chicks. (Image: R. Knorpp)

 

A detailed restoration of the souk. (Image: R. Knorpp

 

Crowded shops give way to dark alleys. (Image: R. Knorpp)

 

Crowds in the pet section. (Image: R. Knorpp)

 

Some old, some modern. (Image: R. Knorpp)

 

 

Qatar’s Ambitious Plans For Doha

September 17, 2012 by  

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Construction is non-stop in Doha. (Image: B Knorpp)

Doha, Qatar has an ambitious plan and they don’t do anything small. City planners have a dream for 300 skyscrapers and have over 100 built already. They built their own ex-patriot island community on a scale so grand and style so artificial it feels like Disney World with a massive penis enhancement. They built a Pan-Asian Games torch so big that it now houses a hotel. The list is endless and the scale is always massive.

Trouble is, almost nothing about the city is complete. In fact, it looks like one big theme-park construction site. I know. I’ve seen theme parks being built. They look exactly like this. Fantasy buildings surrounded by piles of dirt with little to no landscaping. Exactly like a Disney Park, pre-opening, I swear.

Now before I seem too judgmental, let me say that I do give the Qatari credit for their monumental vision. They know how to dream, plan and build on a scale that rivals science fiction writers. Even the water is a miracle of desalination. They shouldn’t even be able to keep 300 people alive, let alone a million. But they do it.

Nearly completed convention ctr. (Image: B. Knorpp)

Yet, as a traveler, there’s a bit of a feeling of having arrived too early. Don’t get me wrong, I am amazed by many of the things I’ve seen a done since arriving here.

I’ve met and talked to warm and wonderful Qatari and many of the equally amazing ex-patriots who live and work here. I’ve explored markets and photographed stunning sights. But you can’t help but want to come back when they clear away the dust and have the grand opening celebration. Because right now, I have this sense that I should be wearing a hard hat and reviewing construction plans, rather than frolicking among the amazing attractions.

All this has led me to an insight about the Qatari: They are obsessed with the new. They respect the old and they certainly maintain their traditions,with Shari’a law applied to many aspects of family, inheritance and certain criminal offenses. But overall, they are a forward-looking people.

I spent my entire day yesterday wanting to see the old. I wanted to see where these people came from and what their roots were like. I wanted to see original construction and faded paint. But for nearly the entire day our tour guide showed off half-finished towers, construction barriers and giant piles of sand that were being used to create hilly housing projects.

Construction on man-made lands. (Image: B. Knorpp)

At first I rebelled. I didn’t want to sit on a tour bus and look at constructions sites of colonizing-Mars proportions. But as the day progressed I began to see that this was at the very center of what these people were about. They had a plan and they wanted everyone to know about it.

Would I recommend that you come to Doha? Absolutely.

As I start to share more of my experiences here I know you will catch a vision for why you should visit and what you should do with your time here. But don’t come to discover their roots.

If that’s your goal, you’ll have a rough time finding them and you may be disappointed. But if you arrive with a desire to embrace their vision of the future, then this is a city with endless possibilities.

As it continues to grow, I’m certain you’ll be amazed by each new feat of wonder they construct. Just bring that hard hat and some rose-colored glasses.

Doha skyline (Image: B. Knorpp)

 

Surya and Swati (Image: B. Knorpp)

 

Doha Roadway (Image: B. Knorpp)

 

Older city of Doha (Image: B. Knorpp)

 

Doha (Image: B. Knorpp)

 

 

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